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April 1, 2013 @ 3:17 pm
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Former Rutgers Star Leonard Agrees To Terms With Tampa Bay

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Brian Leonard agreed to terms with Tampa Bay on Monday
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Tampa Bay added depth at running back on Monday, agreeing to terms with former Rutgers and Bengals running back Brian Leonard. Leonard played his college ball for head coach Greg Schiano.
Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano has reunited with another former Rutgers player, this time Brian Leonard, who according to agent Mike McCartney has agreed to a one-year deal with Tampa Bay.

Leonard, originally drafted in the second round by the St. Louis Rams, spent the last four seasons in Cincinnati and in 2012 played in 15 games, averaging 3.2 yards on 33 rushing attempts, while also adding 11 receptions for 67 yards. For his career, Leonard has rushed for 646 yards to go along with 814 receiving yards.

Under head coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers, Leonard teamed with Ray Rice to form one of the better running back duos in college football at the time. During his senior season at Rutgers, Leonard accepted a lesser role as fullback, paving the way for Rice, and giving up some of the spotlight. Schiano most likely didn’t forget that unselfishness.

In the event LeGarrette Blount is traded, Leonard could step in and spell Martin, and also fill the role as a third-down and a short-yardage back. Leonard also could provide additional depth at fullback in the event Erik Lorig is hurt or even just needs a breather.

While at Rutgers (Leonard finished his career ranked fourth all-time rushing yards (2,775), fourth all-time rushing touchdowns (32), sixth all-time receiving yards (1,864), first all-time receptions (207), tied for fourth all-time receiving touchdowns (13), second all-time all-purpose yards (4,639), first all-time combined touchdowns (45), and first all-time career points scored (272).




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    Like many said: Revis trade for 1st and 2nd or even just 1st rounders in any year is plain stupid. We are in GREAT position to buil a Contender for years to come, if we just pick up a WesWelker (Tavon Austin 1st pick) and a Ronde Barber 2.0 = Great Slot CB = Tyran Mathieu. and if we are lucky this Rutgers LB Green(e) in the 3rd (we could even give up one 4th round pick). All players should be available and make a real difference (besides the LB, but still solid). After that, only holes: QB (could be adressed 1st round next years draft, as there a starting caliber QB´s), TE (where we already got some above average, and paired with Tavon Austin, Wiliams, V-Jacks, and DougMartin, that should be enough), Nose DT which requires a big body Strongman which we would be able to get by next offseason or even in later rounds this year, and of course: CB throw a big contract to Revis next year if u like to, or look elsewhere, but because the other positons wouldn´t be that hard to fill, it shouldn´t be a big problem to get a good starter.
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    The Bucs have needed a short yardage back for years now. I think Leonard could remind our fans of a beloved fullback who helped us win a Superbowl. He also has the skills to be a valuable third down back, or Sullivan could put him in the backfield with Martin, using him as a fullback on some plays but also let him run wild sometimes too, and surprise the other team. We sure need a change at our third down back position. This is a real good pickup!
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    The Tampa Bay Rutgerneers just signed the poster boy for Rutgerneer football.
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    I think Brian Leonard was a very solid signing. The guy was drafted in the second round by the Rams and was injured his rookie year, so he started out behind the eight ball imo. Leonard has a lot of ability and will be a pleasant surprise for Bucs fans. Brian catches, runs and blocks well. I think he is ready for success in the NFL. Some teams are stacked at certain positions and good players have to ride the pine. Leonard will find his competition in Tampa Bay less than he faced in Cincy. He wasn't brought in the replace Doug Martin obviously. He was brought in as a role player. KINDERRT has an SEC bias obviously. I was teethed on SEC football and I love it. However the cheap shots on the Big East are stupid. Talent is talent no matter what conference it came from. The Big East is known as a conference that plays smash mouth eastern football and they have loaded the NFL with great defensive players over the years and a few offensive players too. As great as the SEC is, they have a lot more players that don't make pro than ones who do. So I guess the Bucs are supposed to draft a lower talent just because he played in the SEC ? Case in point: Darelle Revis was a Big East player and Myron Lewis was an SEC player. Revis is All Pro and Lewis is All Airport. I think the Bucs will pull the trigger on Revis if the Jets come down off their high horse. The Jets need the cap space and the Bucs need Revis. The days of abusing the Bucs ended for the Jets after the Meshawn deal !!!! The Jets are going to have to take 2014 draft picks to swing the deal. I admire the Bucs for sticking to their guns in this case.
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    Well for a team that hasn't done anything in free agency we added depth at linebacker, safety, D line, and now running back.Aside from Goldson, nothing fancy, but guys who will compete. Let's see how the draft unfolds, I think we'll be happy with the results.
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    Even if get Revis, it isn't enough. We had a great draft last year. It's mistake to think we can duplicate that this year. Bottom line - we're going the cheap guy route - period ! I hope I'm wrong but we're lucky if we're a 500 team.
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    Solid signing I guess, wake me up when an exciting move happens...
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    Horse, every report I have read has said a #1 AND a #2. I agree with you about Revis. There hasn't been much talk about the fact that the Bucs are the ONLY team discussing a trade. That can be for one of two reason; 1. Dominik is smarter than every other team in the league including the 49ers who have a hole at CB and are armed with twice as many picks in the draft as we do or 2. Dominik has no idea what he's doing. I've always been a supporter of Dom but if this Revis trade goes through and we have to give up a first and a second rounder (no matter what year) he's got to go. Sure some of his picks have worked out (McCoy, M. Williams, Foster, David, Martin and probably Barron) but he's struck out on a lot of picks too (Lewis, R. Miller, Benn, Price, A. Bradford, Hardy, Some Punter in the 6th). I think he's handling the Freeman extension correctly but should have extended McCoy and M Williams during this season when they could have been cheaper.
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    Rocketglass-I think the Bucs are really the only team in the bidding for Revis for several reasons. It takes a team that a) has the draft picks b) has the salary cap room to sign him and c) a team that feels like if there secondary could improve they could get over the hump. All those factors really only leave the Bucs standing with maybe a few exceptions. Just bc San Fran has the draft picks to move to get Revis doesnt mean they have the cap space to pay him. Im sure if they had 15 million to shell out to a DB they wouldnt have let a Pro Bowl DB (Goldson) walk in his prime for a lot less. Revis, Wright (if healthy, Ronde, Goldson, Barron alone would be a drastically improved secondary from last year. Everyone's panties are in a bunch over this Revis deal like there's a corner available in the draft at 13 that will be better than Revis and its not. Trade the pick and move on. Our front office hasnt wasted time signing players to big contracts that arent impact players and I dont blame them. Allowing replacable players like Bennett and Miller to walk and be replaced in the draft ultimately open the door for big FAs like Nicks, Jackson, and Goldson to sign. As for extending Williams and McCoy, Williams' deal prob would be in the same ballpark regardless of when he was signed since he has posted similar numbers all 3 of his seasons in the league so his value didnt change much from Week 8 till now. As for McCoy nobody wouldve extended him during the season considering he never had finished any season prior to last year. We will have the cap space to re sign him but its about making him earn his money at this point and not paying him before he shows his worth. Another solid season and he and Free will be in line for big paydays next summer. Go Bucs!
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    stbucsfan- The reason why myself and probably others DO NOT like the rumored Revis trade is the fact that the Bucs are NOT one or two players away from Superbowl contention. On top of that, if McCoy and Freeman do well this year our cap is crushed next year (assuming Revis trade happens). Another scenario is Freeman sucks and we need a QB and our top 2 picks have been given to the Jets. What if Revis is injured again or only 80%? Way too risky for premium picks this year or next. By the way my panties are not in a bunch! lol.
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    Why wouldn't Cinci (who has more cap space, as many draft picks and a need at CB) trade for him? Don't say because they're cheap because they have made the playoffs two of the last three years. To me it boils down to four different issues with the trade. 1st. While Revis was a complete stud when he was healthy, the Jets had the #1 and probably #2 or #3 CBs in the league (Cromartie) on their team and were terrible so that leads me to believe that CB is not a valuable as some think. 2. The salary that he wants is unsustainable with a young team needing to resign their good player. Once they sign Revis, it will be difficult to sign all of their guys who will need new contracts and we more than likely will lose one of the young studs. 3. If we are going to give up draft picks, I would much rather give up less picks to move up for a young CHEAP player that has time to grow with our team in Millner. All of these combined leads me to believe it's a bad idea. I know Dom has way more info than I have have and doesn't care what I think but those are my opinions. 4. Like stbucsfan said below, we aren't one player away from a superbowl. If we spent the same money Revis wants on other free agents, I think we would be a lot closer to a superbowl team. My dream list is Grimes ($5.5 Mill), Osi (2 year 8.5 or 4.25 per year) and Devito (3 year 15 mill or 5 mill per year). This totals the same $14 mill that Revis wants but this way fills the holes we have and makes us a legit playoff team. Plus we could still package some picks together to move up for Millner.
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    My problem with this theory is that most teams that are pegged as "Super Bowl teams" seldom make it. With the amount of moves left to be made and unfortunate injuries that can happen at any time no one knows the real contenders until after the games start. I can argue that if Josh Freeman would have eliminated the 3 games stretch were he threw 10 INTs then we would have been a playoff team last year. If your preference is to trade up and snag Millner then I can respect that but that would likely cost us our first this year and another high pick like our 2nd or 3rd, why would we give up that type of package for a player that isnt in the same sentence as Revis? Had Talib kept his nose clean and performed up to par we would have had to pay him a nice contract this summer anyway so with the money saved by letting Bennett walk this is a budgeted move and wont limit our ability to re-sign anyone next year. Penn and Joseph are both options for some re-structuring next year so we have plenty of options. You take the best player at an area of need, hope Freeman is able to eliminate that 3 game stretch, and that Schiano has worked through his coaching blunders from last year. I respectufully disagree but we all want the Bucs to win so whichever scenario gets us more wins Im all for it!!Go Bucs!
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    No imagination, none.
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    I really liked Leonard at Rutgers. I remember thinking he was going to be the next Alscott. I like the idea of getting him after all these years.
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    I really liked Leonard at Rutgers. I remember thinking he was going to be the next Alscott. I like the idea of getting him after all these years.
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    Right now we have a little over $26,000,000 in Cap Space. Nobody has said that the Revis deal is done; I just hope that we do not have to spend a No.1 or No. 2 on Revis this year. It might be smarter to spend the money now on proven players on our team with contract extensions and deal with Revis next season once he has proven that he is still a shutdown CB. Again, it is about value versus risk and right now Revis is an expensive risk.
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    BIG EAST SOUTH ! I guess Schiano never played against the SEC !
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    To pewter2: the caption above does not say "we signed Leonard Johnson" it clearly states that "agreeing to terms" and that is the correct statement. However, I understand your disappointment with the BUCS. With close to $40 million in cap space to spend, with the exception of Goldson, all the free agents signed to date are, AT BEST, backup players. I must assume that Dominic is expecting the drafted players to step in and become starters!!! Carolina and the Saints have not improved much, however, the Falcons have used their cap money wisely and are light years ahead of the BUCS. You would think when your stadium is only half full and home games blacked out that you would spend aggressively to bring the fans back. The Dolphins understand that and have acted accordingly. I am only sorry that I have renewed my season tickets....but this will be the last time I do so!!! The new CBA agreement requires all teams to spend a minimum of 85% of their cap money this year....where are the BUCS going to spend it?
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    PR: ESPN's Mort states that Carson Palmer is on the trade block (they got a new QB) b/c Palmer makes $13M & Raiders wanted him to take a cut to $10M. He stated the Bucs were trying to make a deal to get Palmer, but couldn't negotiate the trade...and now the likely trade is Cardinals giving up a 5 or 6 draft pick for Palmer. Do you have any info. on this?
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    The roster still has slots like this to fill. I don't see anything wrong with this concept.
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    These are obviously not the "sexy" FA signings every fan hopes for but I just got to believe that Coach Schiano is putting together a "football" team. Revis will be a great addition if it happens. I want to keep our 1st and 2nd rd picks in any year. Do not want to give those up for him. I know it will take a combination of those to do it, just don't want to. You build a team through the draft and to give up those early rounders for a guy with a bum wheel and a high price tag I just don't think it is worth it. There are still a couple of corners out there that haven't been signed and now have a chip on their shoulder to prove everyone who has passed on them in FA wrong. Lesser paid guys are just as hungry if not more than higher priced guys. I don't care if I know any of the names on the Bucs roster as long as they win and get to playoffs and start a winning attitude again. GO BUCS!!!!!
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    Let's give Blount and Wright to the Jets for Revis and Tebow, Jets give us 1st and 2nd round draft picks next year! And no I am not serious.
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    #RutgersSouth
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    To be honest, I like this signing a lot. Ive wanted the Bucs to sign some one at RB because no one could be worse than DJ Ware. Hes a solid player all around blocking, running, and catching. A little competition will make Lorig better too.
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    Here is Martin Backup, and I bellieve that Blount will be traded.So Tampa Bay can go after mult CB's thru the draft another player or two from offensive line, and the rest of draft will be icing onn the cake. GO TEAM
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    We'll see how much gas he has left in the tank.
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    This Rutger stuff is getting a little ridiculous
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    Maybe the Bucs plan to play him at CB?, lol
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